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Traffic accidents affect the lives of millions of Americans each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were approximately 5.8 million accidents in 2008. Of these, an estimated 2.3 million caused personal injury while about 34,000 resulted in a fatality. Nationwide, an automobile accident occurred every 11 seconds that year. Frightening statistics, indeed.
Citizens of Tucson experienced a substantial amount of these accidents. In 2009, the Department of Motor Vehicles reported 9,722 total crashes within the city. 27 of these crashes ended fatally with another 5,307 people injured in others. Furthermore, the following statistics can be derived from the information provided by the DMV:
There are 26 traffic accidents every single day on the streets of Tucson
14 people in Tucson are injured each day in car accidents
About 2 people die in Tucson alone due to car accidents every month
On a weekly basis, 118 crashes result in property damage only in Tucson
Alcohol often plays a role in car accidents in Tucson. DMV reported that in 2009, 483 car accidents were alcohol related. Within these crashes, 14 people were killed with 401 others injured. As troubling as it may sound, approximately one person dies every month in Tucson due to an alcohol related accident.
If you have been the victim of a car accident, seek the service of a Tucson attorney trained and experienced in the laws and regulations of automobile accidents. Here at the Tucson branch of Wattel & York, we have a vast array of knowledge concerning traffic-related claims. All aspects of your case will be reviewed by trained professionals to ensure your full compensation for injuries, pain, and suffering related to your accident.
Finding the right medical specialist can be a tough task, especially when you’re already dealing with injuries and other stressors after an automobile accident. The attorneys at Wattel & York will set you up with the appropriate specialist for your auto-injury. Additionally, we can put off the payment to these specialists until your trial is finished or your case settled. This is a courtesy we extend to all of our clients.
The automobile accident attorneys at Wattel & York will fervently pursue the cause of your personal injury. In Tucson, the driver that causes or is “at fault” in a car accident is determined by the law of negligence. Each driver has a duty to other motorists and pedestrians to exert reasonable care. When a driver doesn’t exert reasonable care, it results in negligence and oftentimes — personal injury. Some common examples attributed to automobile negligence are:
Ignoring Traffic Signs or Signals
Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII)
Traveling with Excessive Speed
Unlawful Lane Changes
In accordance with Arizona state law, if a traffic accident in Tucson as the result of negligence causes a fatality, the driver responsible can be charged with criminally negligent homicide. If an allegedly intoxicated driver causes a traffic accident resulting in a death, that driver can be charged with vehicular manslaughter. Additionally, negligent drivers that only cause injury to another party can be charged with aggravated assault as a result of their reckless behavior.
Don’t hesitate any longer if you are the victim of a car accident. The statute of limitations strictly dictates how long you have after your car accident to file a claim. Contact an experienced Tucson attorney within Wattel & York, Attorneys At Law, to get started on your automobile accident claim today. You can reach our Tuscon office at (520) 352-0183. Alternatively, you can fill out our simple case form on our website and we will get back to you promptly.
Here at Wattel & York, your initial consultation is always free and confidential. When we accept cases, our firm operates on a contingent fee basis. What this means to you is simple — you don’t pay anything unless we win your case.